LAS VEGAS -- Undersheriff Jim Dixon met with the media on Thursday to discuss additional details concerning the officer involved shooting which occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. on October 21 near the intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Street.
During that encounter Patrol Officer Jason Evans attempted to contact an individual who he felt matched the description of a suspect who had committed a violent double homicide the night before.
As one of the patrol officers assigned to the original homicide call, Officer Evans was aware of the suspect description which had been obtained during the initial stages of the investigation.
Officer Evans observed the individual, later identified as Antoine Hodges, 30, of Las Vegas, enter a convenience store located in the 300 block of North Nellis Boulevard.
As the officer approached the front of the store Hodges began to exit the business.
Officer Evans ordered Hodges to continue to exit the store and to show him his hands.
Instead of following the officer’s instructions Hodges retreated backwards into the store and began moving away from the officer. Officer Evans quickly followed the suspect while continuing to order him to stop and show him his hands.
As he was backing away Hodges was holding his left hand up toward the officer, clutching his car keys and cell phone, while moving his right hand to a position behind his back near his rear pants pocket, concealing it from the officer’s view.
As Hodges continued his retreat from the officer he backed into an ice cream freezer, causing him to abruptly turn towards Officer Evans who fired one shot from his handgun.
Hodges was struck in the abdomen, and transported to the UMC Trauma center where he was treated and released for a superficial gunshot wound.
The investigation into this incident revealed Hodges did not have a weapon in his right rear pants pocket. Additionally, it has now been determined Hodges is not the suspect in the double homicide.
In addition to the store clerk, two female customers were inside of the store at the time of the incident.
These two individuals heard the sound of Officer Evans shouting as Hodges retreated into the store, but could not distinguish what was being said or what was happening.
Officer Evans has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of reviews of this incident by the Clark County District Attorney and the LVMPD Critical Incident Review Panel.
-- News release